Maghull & Lydiate – Cars for sale on local roads – An Update

I covered this matter not so long ago but realise that I missed out an issue that may well come into play as Sefton Council try to control commercial car sales on the public highway.

I hear that one potential solution could be along the lines of the rather unique and controversial one devised about 7 or 8 years ago to stop commuters parking in the residential roads around Maghull Station.

There a parking restriction was brought in to stop all day parking by having just one set hour when parking was banned in the middle of the normal working day. Of course this had the immediate effect of the cars not being left there any more as the drivers would get a parking ticket for that one hour restriction. The restriction was approved by the residents of each road near Maghull Station, where it was brought in, via a ballot.

I am sure you get my drift now as I hear that the powers that be (Sefton Borough Council) are looking at this type of solution to see if it would help to combat commercial car sales on roads in Maghull, Lydiate and Southport.

Watch this space, although as the problem of cars for sale on the highway has been grumbled about for 8 years I suspect this will continue to grind on. I will update when I hear more…….

Maghull & Lydiate – Cars for sale on the public highway

This is a matter I have covered before over a number of years. My previous relevant postings are available below:-

tonyrobertson.mycouncillor.org.uk/2011/03/26/the-strange-story-of-the-green-lane-car-sales/

tonyrobertson.mycouncillor.org.uk/2011/04/19/an-update-on-the-car-sales-at-green-lane-maghull/

This is the Green Lane, Maghull site where cars are regularly for sale.

This is the Green Lane, Maghull site where cars are regularly for sale.

The first posting above is dated 26th March 2011 and when I had a further chat about the matter with a Sefton Council Highways Office this morning he told me that I had first raised it in 2008!

The issue has been raised with me a number of times by residents who feel that commercial car sales should not be taking place on the public highway. Most recently I have been contacted by a Southport Road Lydiate resident who asked me to take the matter up once again. It was this request that led me to have a chat with a Sefton Highways Officer this morning.

Firstly it seems there are roads in Southport where the same issue manifests itself.

I am told that the legislation that Sefton currently uses entails an 8 day notice being given to remove a car from the place of sale on the highway and that 99% of the time this happens. However, I understand there is presently a case where a commercial car sale vehicle was left at Green Lane in Maghull for longer than 8 days after a removal notice had been served so legal action could now follow.

I also understand that Sefton Council is looking to see whether there are any other avenues open to them to pursue, within current legislation, to control such matters. Their legal people are looking at this now, I have been told.

I have also been asked about the road tax situation with regard to cars for sale commercially on the public highway. I don’t know the answer to this and it is not a matter within the powers of Sefton Council so Merseyside Police have been asked to look into it.

Note:- By the way the anti-social behavior route mentioned in the 2nd link above did not prove to be a runner as far as Sefton Council’s Highways Dept. was concerned.

PS. This is an issue about second hand cars being sold by businesses on the public highway it has nothing to do with private car sales by residents.